The No. 19 Buckeyes (11-4, 5-2) host IUPUI (1-14, 0-6) in a Tuesday night tip that was scheduled just a little over a week ago. The Jaguars come into this game riding a nine-game losing streak. Their only win on the season came against Division III Spalding University. The Buckeyes last took the court on Sunday in a 61-56 win over Penn State. Ohio State has alternated wins and losses for the last five games, but that should stop tonight.
Who: IUPUI at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
When: Tuesday – 7:00 pm – BTN
Why: Because the Buckeyes want the work.
Line: Ohio State -33, O/U 130.5
Buckeye Game Notes
- Ohio State continues its home stand on Tuesday when it hosts the Horizon League’s IUPUI Jaguars. The game was added to the schedule on Jan. 10 as a makeup game. Both programs were forced to cancel three games as a result of a COVID pause. This will be the third all-time meeting between the two teams. Ohio State won the first contest on Dec. 9, 2001, but that win was later vacated by the NCAA. The second meeting also came on Dec. 9 in 2010, with the Buckeyes winning that game 75-64.
- E.J. Liddell comes into the game just 25 points away from 1,000 in his career. He would be the 60th Buckeye to reach the career milestone and the first since Duane Washington Jr. last season. Liddell has scored in double figures in all 15 games this season and has a streak of 26 consecutive games of 10 or more points dating back to last season. He is fourth in the conference in scoring at 19.9 ppg and leads the conference in free throws attempted. He is also in the Top 10 nationally in fouls drawn per 40 minutes.
- Jamari Wheeler has not missed a game in his collegiate career, playing in all 142 of his team’s games. He has been the veteran point guard presence for the Buckeyes this season and has also been a menace defensively as he is fourth in the conference in steals per game at 1.6.
The IUPUI Jaguars
What You Need To Know
- IUPUI is 0-17 all-time against ranked opponents in the program’s Division I era (1998-present). The last time IUPUI faced Ohio State on Dec. 9, 2010, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 nationally and outlasted the Jaguars, 75-64. IUPUI hasn’t defeated a Big Ten opponent since Nov. 27, 2002 when the Jaguars won at Northwestern, 56-53. Since then,
- With a rash of injuries in December, the IUPUI starting lineup and rotations has become a patchwork chore for first year head coach Matt Crenshaw. Of the 11 players who have seen action this season, 10 have now started at least one game this season. Freshman Boston Stanton III is the lone IUPUI player to have started all 15 games.
- Of IUPUI’s 11 active players, 10 have scored in double-figures in at least one game this season with senior Jonah Carrasco adding his name to that list last Monday night (Jan. 10). Carrasco had a perfect shooting night, hitting all four field goals and both of his free throws in tallying a career-high 10 points against UIC. The only player to have not scored in double-digits this season is junior guard Mike DePersia.
- Maxwell leads IUPUI in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg), minutes played (31.5 mpg), free throw percentage (81.4%) and threes made (18). Maxwell has led IUPUI in scoring in nine of his 14 appearances and had a career-high 20 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3’s, 5-5 FT) against Chicago State just before Christmas break.
- The IUPUI basketball team had a 3.23 grade point average for the fall with 10 of the 14 team members notching a 3.0 or better. Nathan McClure had a perfect 4.0 in the fall and Stanton had a 3.95 mark. As a team, the Jaguars currently have a cumulative 3.37 team GPA.
[Header photo courtesy of the Ohio State Dept. of Athletics.]